Agriculture desk at FICCI has been strenuously working on agriculture policies. Over the years, considerable efforts have been put into devising policies & suggestions that would increase farm income, productivity and global competitiveness of Indian Agriculture. FICCI has played a pivotal role in defining the agri-policy framework of the nation.
Over the years, through its long standing collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, the Agriculture desk has worked assiduously to promote public-private partnership in various parts of agriculture value chain including agri warehousing, farm mechanisation, extension, secondary agriculture, risk management and agri-marketing reforms. In partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, FICCI organizes Eima Agrimach, a flagship forum that brings modern farm mechanization technologies at one platform, coordinate an exchange of ideas and aid promotion of farm mechanization.
The key objectives of the FICCI Agriculture Division are to:
- Identify major bottlenecks that hinder the growth of Indian agriculture;
- Sensitize all stakeholders including the Central and the State Governments to catalyze the necessary policy changes that are needed to make this sector more vibrant and competitive;
- Address the conflicting domestic policies relating to production, procurement, pricing and distribution, rising Minimum Support Prices, ineffective subsidy system, regulated domestic markets, lack of infrastructure facilities, low productivity, low value addition, ad hoc export policies;
- Define measures to attain a higher trajectory growth in agriculture (of more than 4 per cent) in order to compete in the global market; and
The Agriculture division in FICCI has also been instrumental in forging international co-operation for showcasing / broad basing new technologies / possible collaborative opportunities for the benefit of all the stakeholders in agri value chain.
FICCI jointly with the SFAC (Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium), Ministry of Agriculture, GoI has conceptualized and developed guidelines for PPP-IAD (public private partnership for integrated agriculture development). Subsequently, we plan to launch Million Farmers’ Initiative, which aims at connecting million farmers to companies for integrated agriculture development. The PPP model aptly combines the operational efficiencies of the private sector and the investment by the public sector to provide end to end solutions to farmers. Million Farmers’ Initiative has received 35 project proposals from the private sector involving 1.2 million farmers.
Our future endeavours include creating awareness about agricultural innovations and technologies through capacity building programmes and global events, development of an effective framework for introducing modern warehousing & construction of silos in the country and also developing Farmers’ Economic Well Being Index which would be a reflection of aspirations of farming community and policy changes required by them.